RIP 457 Visa Program
The 18th of March 2018 is the day we said goodbye to the 457 visa program.
The new TSS has replaced the 457 visa, but it will be more restrictive, more expensive and there are more hoops to jump through to obtain one.
The change is reflective of an environment where both sides of politics are starting to call for lower levels of immigration and jobs for Australians first.
Many Australian businesses rely on temporary visa holders for staffing. There are now over 2 million temporary visa holders in Australia, and they are a great source of skilled and motivated workers.
More Scrutiny on Overseas Workers
The Australian Government has introduced legislation make employers responsible for checking work rights for visa holders. It’s something that all employers should be aware of – the fines are high – almost $20,000 for each person found working in breach.
It’s no defence that the business didn’t know the person was working unlawfully.
Directors and company officers can be personally liable unless they implement processes to check work rights for their staff.
Employers can also be liable for contractors and temps who are working without appropriate work rights.
How vSure Can Help
vSure is designed to make compliance as easy as possible for employers. We automate the visa checking process and send you regular reports giving you a heads up on any issues.
If you’d like more information on how vSure can help you, please request a demo and we’ll show you how it easier to meet your work rights compliance obligations.